US Hospitals Open Doors to Injured Haitians

3 February 2010 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2010 18:30)

Hospitals in the US state of Pennsylvania are to treat seriously injured Haitians hurt in the 12 January earthquake. In response to a call for help from Scott Air Force Base officials in Illinois, 11 hospitals, including three in Western Pennsylvania have come forward to treat seriously

Hospitals in the US state of Pennsylvania are to treat seriously injured Haitians hurt in the 12 January earthquake.

In response to a call for help from Scott Air Force Base officials in Illinois, 11 hospitals, including three in Western Pennsylvania have come forward to treat seriously injured Haitians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), West Penn Allegheny Health System and Jefferson Regional Medical Center are some of the facilities open to make beds available.

The injured Haitians are expected to begin arriving within a day or two but officials said it could be longer.

The military has resumed airlifting earthquake victims after suspending its operations because of overwhelmed hospitals in Florida.

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services activated a National Disaster Medical System that will allow designated hospitals to receive federal reimbursement, according to pittsburghlive.com.